BEIJING, June 2 — A Chinese supercomputer has been ranked the world’s second-fastest machine in a list issued by United States and European researchers.
The accolade enhances China’s ambitions to become a global technology center.
The Nebulae system at the National Supercomputing Center in Shenzhen of south China’s Guangdong Province came in behind the US Department of Energy’s Jaguar in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, according to the list released yesterday.
Supercomputers are used for complex work such as modeling weather systems, simulating nuclear explosions and designing jetliners.
The semiannual TOP500 list highlighted China’s efforts to join the US, Europe and Japan among the global technology elite and its sharp increases in research spending, driven by booming economic growth even amid the global crisis.
Nebulae was built by China’s Dawning Information Industry but uses processors from Intel and NVIDIA, both American companies.
The Nebulae is capable of sustained computing of 1.271 petaflops – or 1,271 trillion calculations – per second, according to TOP500.
By Lin Zhi